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Lockdown: Soyinka, AGF Fight Over Legality Of Buhari’s Directive

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Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, has reacted to Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka’s claim that president Buhari’s lockdown directive is unconstitutional.

Malami insists the president did not commit any illegality because section three-zero-five of the 1999 constitution permits a proclamation of a state of emergency, to run for a period of 10 days, without the approval of the national assembly when the parliament is not in session.

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Malami says the president acted on public emergency occasioned by a dangerous and infectious coronavirus disease, with advises from the ministry of health and the national center for disease control which are the two focal agencies in the fight against covid-19.

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At Least 30 Persons Killed In Kogi As Tanker Collides With Keke Napep

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More than 30 persons were burnt alive when a petrol tanker collided with a tricycle early Wednesday morning in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital.

Among those burnt to ashes were a family of six, Kogi State Polytechnic students, primary and secondary school students being conveyed in their school bus, residents and passersby.

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Eyewitnesses say the tanker’s brake had failed causing the accident in which more than 10 vehicles were burnt to ashes at the scene of the incident.

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No Going Back On Strike, Protest, Labour Insists

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The Trade Union Congress and the Nigeria Labour Congress are set to commence nationwide demonstrations from Monday.

This is to protest against the federal government’s failure to reverse increases in electricity tariffs and petrol pump price.

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The unions say they would work together with their affiliate members to execute the industrial action for maximum effect.

The national executive council of the NLC comprising the chairpersons of the 36 states and the federal capital territory endorsed last Wednesday’s decision by the central working committee of the congress.

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The committee will be making good on its earlier two-week ultimatum to the federal government to reverse the price hikes or face industrial action.

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PTF Advises Vigilance, More Testing, More Treatment 

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PTF Advises Vigilance, More Testing, More Treatment 

The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 has advised that the country should not begin celebrations because of declining number of cases in the country.  The group says this is the time the country should test more people, isolate and treat more.

During the national briefing on Monday, PTF chairman, Boss Mustapha called on Nigerians to “get out and get tested.”  He also advised that people persuade friends and relatives arriving in the country from high risk destinations to self-isolate and get tested on the seventh day of their arrival in the country.

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He said even though Nigeria’s cases and declining, global figures have surpassed 31 million cases, a jump of more than one million cases in four days.  He also pointed to high-burdened countries like the USA where more than 30,000 cases are being reported daily and where the number of infections has surpassed seven million.  The country is about to cross the 200,000 mark for fatalities as a result of the pandemic.

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He also pointed to India where very high infection numbers are being reported on a daily basis.

Mustapha said the lesson for Nigeria in all of these examples is that no matter how much appreciable progress is recorded, the country should be vigilant more than ever before, especially as the air space has been reopened to international travels, and restrictions have been relaxed.

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The PTF chairman said the country cannot afford to import more of this virus.  He lauded the action of the Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, JOHESU, for suspending their planned strike.  He said this would help sustain government efforts to strengthen the country’s health system.

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